Casting: Taylor, Pugh, Gatt, Gibson, Cole, Greer
Noah Taylor (“Preacher,” “Game of Thrones”) has joined the cast of the Rawson Marshall Thurber-directed, Dwayne Johnson-led action thriller “Skyscraper”.
Johnson plays a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.
Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) has been cast as the female lead in “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie’s new period drama “Outlaw King” for Netflix. Bash Doran wrote the latest draft.
The story deals with Robert The Bruce (Chris Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland, but it will be far different than Braveheart.
Joseph Gatt (“Z Nation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) jas joined Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo”. Gatt will play a character named Skellig.
He joins previously announced cast members Colin, Farrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, DeObia Oparei, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Roshan Seth, Sharon Rooney and Douglas Reith.
“Hacksaw Ridge” actor Milo Gibson, son of Mel, is set to play Lt. Johnny Kent in the David Blair-directed British feature film “Hurricane”. Filming begins in September in the U.K.
Kent was a Canadian flight lieutenant who led the newly formed Royal Air Force 303 squadron of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes flown by Polish pilots at the height of the Battle of Britain.
Finn Cole (“Peaky Blinders,” “Animal Kingdom”) has been tapped to lead comedy-horror film “Slaughterhouse Rulez” from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture company. Crispian Mills helms from a script he co-wrote with Henry Fitzherbert.
Cole, Pegg, Frost, Michael Sheen, Asa Butterfield and Hermione Corfield star in the story which is set in an illustrious British boarding school that becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site, unleashing unspeakable horror.
Judy Greer will join Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant in the Nick Hamm-directed indie thriller “Driven”. Filming begins September in Puerto Rico. Colin Bateman penned the story about a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs. Greer will play his wife.
Kevin Dillon, Dax Shepard, Olivia Munn, James Roday, and Dan Bakkedahl are set to join Josh Duhamel, Nick Swardson and WWE’s Sheamus in “The Buddy Games” which is about to film in Vancouver.
Duhamel makes his directing debut on the project about a group of thirtysomething friends who reunite to engage in a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges. In the process, they heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship.
Alysia Reiner, Clarke Peters, David Eigenberg, Jeff Hephner, Rex Linn, and Alex Weismann have joined the cast of Joe Chappelle’s political thriller “The Pages” which is now filming in Chicago.
Tika Sumpter, Ben Tavassoli, Jamie Lee Curtis and Deana Dunagan star in the story of a former top U.S. security advisor threatened by associates from her dark past including a steely, commanding politician with an unwavering knack for achieving her goals.